Community Development Block Grant

Involves all aspects of improving communities and neighborhoods by investing in infrastructure, enhancing housing and recreational opportunities, supporting workforce and business development and promoting citizen, public, non profit, and private partnerships.


The following programs are dependent on a variety of funding sources, and may not be available at all times

singlefamilyhomeSewer and Water Revolving Loans

Disaster Relief Assistance
Federal and/or State funds to provide relief from natural or man-made disasters

  • Repair or replacement housing
  • Elevation of flood prone homes and businesses
  • Purchase of homes severely affected by natural disaster
  • Assistance with the purchase of post disaster flood insurance
  • Down payment assistance for replacement homes

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs
Through the NC Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance Programs

CDBG Programs benefit those of low to moderate income (30-80 percent of area median income), and may assist with neighborhood revitalization and economic expansion.

New Hanover County was awarded $500,000 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Economic Recovery (ER) program for the demolition/reconstruction of three houses and the rehabilitation of two houses incorporating LEED and green building principles, energy efficiency, water efficiency and resource conservation. Learn more about the 2010 CDBG-ER Program in English or Spanish.

cdbgScattered Site Housing

Scattered Site Housing grants are used to address the most critical housing needs of very low-income families, who earn at or below 50% of area median income. Eligible activities include housing rehabilitation, substantial rehabilitation, relocation/clearance, reconstruction, and emergency repair.  Grants are made to approximately 33 county governments each year, on a non-competitive rotating basis. New Hanover County’s next Scattered-Site Housing Grant application cycle will be in 2019.

New Hanover County was awarded $400,000 in 2010 for the demolition/reconstruction of two houses and the rehabilitation of three houses.

Economic Development

  • Funding partnerships with local governments to help create and maintain employment opportunities (60% of jobs created must benefit low to moderate income residents)
  • Loans to qualifying public or private industries to develop or expand

Urgent Need
Provides funds to help communities recover from disasters that threaten public health and safety, when no other funding is available.  The local community must meet the following criteria:

  • Needs have arisen during the preceding 18-month period
  • Needs pose an imminent threat to the health or safety of the community
  • The applicant does not have sufficient local resources
  • Other financial resources are not available or are insufficient to meet such needs

Housing Discrimination is Prohibited by Law!
View the public notice here.

Learn more about the Fair Housing Act and how to recognize and report housing discrimination:
Download the Fair Housing Brochure in English or Spanish

To file a Housing Discrimination Complaint Online:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development or NC Department of Administration


Other Resources

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 110 • Wilmington, NC 28403
Planning & Land Use: Phone 910-798-7165 • Fax 910-798-7053
Building Safety: Phone 910-798-7308 • Fax 910-798-7811
Engineering: Phone 910-798-7139 • Fax 910-798-7051